FACTBOX-Tennis-Open-The rise of China's women


Thu, 02 Jun 15:22:00 2011

Milestones in the progress of Chinese women's tennis after Li Na reached the final of the French Open on Thursday:


August - Sun Tiantian and Li Ting win China's first Olympic gold medal in the sport in the women's doubles at the Athens Games.

October - Li Na is the first Chinese to win a WTA Tour singles title, in Guangzhou.


January - Zheng Jie wins her first WTA Tour title at Hobart.


January - Zheng Jie and Yan Zi win China's first grand slam title in the women's doubles at the Australian Open.

May - Zheng wins the first all-Chinese final at a WTA event when Li Na withdraws injured from the Estoril final.

June - Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to reach the quarter-finals of grand slam at Wimbledon. Zheng and Yan win a second grand slam doubles title.


June - Zheng, a 133rd-ranked wildcard, beats top seed Ana Ivanovic on her way to the semi-finals at Wimbledon, the first Chinese to reach the last four at a grand slam.

August - Zheng and Yan win bronze in women's doubles at the Beijing Olympics, while Li Na misses out on a medal after defeat to Vera Zvonareva in the bronze medal match.


January - Zheng and Li Na reach the last four at the Australian Open, the first time China has had two players in the last four at a grand slam. Lose to Justine Henin and eventual champion Serena Williams respectively.

- Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to reach the women's top 10 in the world rankings.


January - Li comes back from 5-0 down in the first set to beat Kim Clijsters in the final and win the Sydney International, her first "premier" level WTA title.

- Peng Shuai beats seventh seed Jelena Jankovic on her way to her first grand slam fourth round appearance at Melbourne Park.

- Li beats world number one and top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals of the Australian Open to become the first Chinese to reach a grand slam singles final, losing to Kim Clijsters.

- Li reaches a second consecutive grand slam final at the French Open after beating Maria Sharapova in the last four.

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